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Early Detection Of Skin Cancer Unit

The Canary Islands are the region which is most affected by skin cancer in Spain. That is why, Hospitales Universitarios San Roque has created the first unit of its kind in a private hospital in the Canary Islands, in its centre in Maspalomas. This unit boasts Digital Epiluminiscence Microscopy, a state-of-the-art digital camera which helps to diagnose skin cancer at an early stage.

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It is estimated that around 4.000 persons in Spain develop a melanoma, a type of skin cancer which is known to have the worst prognostic, and almost 75,000 persons suffer from non-melanoma skin cancer. What is more, the Canary Islands have the highest rate of skin cancer in Spain.

The main axis of the unit is Digital Epiluminescence Microscopy, which consists of a state-of-the-art digital camera, connected to a specific computer software, which allows us to diagnose skin cancer earlier. With this system, we register the patients’ moles on the computer, with macroscopic and microscopic images, which allow us to detect small changes suggestive of malignancy throughout the successive check-ups.

This procedure, which is totally harmless, is particularly suitable for patients who have a family or personal history of melanoma, and for people with fair skin. It is also recommended for people who have many moles, as monitoring a few moles is quite easy, but when there are many, it is very difficult without this system.

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